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High-tech, Sustainable, Future-proofed Apartments: Article Summary

Perth is currently experiencing a high tech apartment revolution. As the city moves towards a more sustainable high density future, there’s a growing interest surrounding technologically advanced, future proofed apartment developments that represent the next stage in 21st century urban living.

Business News WA recently ran a story - titled “High-tech, sustainable, future-proofed apartments” - that interviewed leading Perth apartment builders to learn more about what’s driving this change. It also included details of the high tech, sustainable, future-proof features that various apartment developments around the city are now including to appeal to this emerging market. From solar passive design to photovoltaic arrays, electric heat pumps, VRV mechanical systems, and bin chutes with recycle / waste diverters, there’s no shortage of innovative solutions on offer.

We’re proud of the fact that Norup + Wilson was interviewed for the piece.

“Technology is something that we’re pushing very hard on; it’s going to be the single most important thing that buyers are going to look at in five to 10 years’ time,” Mr Wilson said.

“The technology that we install into the backbone of a building will determine whether it’ll keep up with the speed of technology and the demands of our future lifestyles.

“For example, most buildings are still being built with copper as the backbone cable; that’s not easily upgradeable and not nearly as adaptable to future hardware.

“People laugh at us when they learn we have a drone landing zone. But when we explain our vision for the next 10 to 20 years and that our concern is that it may not be big enough, they get it.

“We believe that sometime in the future we’re going to be driving around in (flying) Ubers and drones will be the preferred method of delivery of goods. It’s already happening elsewhere in the world and we would be short-sighted if we didn’t plan for it.”

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